Beauty Collections Favourites

Forever Repurchased.

Even though I’m often obsessively trying out new products for various reviews and upcoming features, I still rely on quite a few favourites that have stuck by me over the years. These are the ones I always seem to repurchase when they’re empty and never consider looking at another brand, although sometimes I do have flings with other products, I usually always come back to this lot.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (full review here) is probably the one foundation I always come back to, I think I’ve mentioned this product on here more than anything else. Finding a great foundation that offers great coverage yet looks like and glowy on the skin has been one of my life missions and so now I’ve found this little tube, I haven’t let go all that easy. I first tried this about a year ago, which for me and foundations is quite a long affair – in fact I would probably call it quite a committed marriage by now. You really only need a tiny, tiny bit (although this tube it pretty much done for!) so one tube should last you the best part of a year I should think. It’s dewy, it’s natural and it covers everything.
Another makeup product I always stand by is Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer (review here), it’s incredibly good at perfecting skin, especially if you have a few issues with pores and have a combination skin type as it helps to get the dry patches in check as well as balancing an oily T-Zone. I am on my second pot of this but like Silk Cream, one pot has lasted me about a year so it’s worth the money. It makes skin velvety smooth without looking slick on the skin.

Origins VitaZing Moisturiser is a protecting, slightly tinted moisturiser that adds the most incredible glow to skin, without much coverage. I usually use it under base products to make sure my skin looks as bright and perky as possible, as imperfections are quickly covered with this gem. It means I can use a lighter base and still feel confident about my skin – everytime I use this I feel so happy with my complexion so I always make sure to have a tube on hand!
Moving on to skincare, another Origins product is always a must have in my bathroom – Origins Zero Oil Cleanser has seen my skin through from an oil-prone, acne skin type to normal, healthy and bright (with the occasional blemish) and I couldn’t be more thankful. This manages to freshen skin, control sebum and unclog pores without stripping the skin, but as my skin can get dehydrated quickly, I always make sure to use a creamy cleanser at night and this in the morning. Whenever my skin shows any signs of congestion or excess oil, I can rely on this foamy wash to keep my skin balanced.

Also on my skincare ‘forever repurchased’ list is Caudalie Beauty Elixir, a calming,Β revitalisingΒ mist that I use on a daily basis to ensure my skin is feelingΒ energisedΒ and calm. I find that this helps with blemishes so much, not only ensuring they clear up quickly but also taking a lot of the redness away which tends to show through my makeup (meaning I slap on more!). I use this like a toner, but without a cotton pad – I just spritz it straight on to skin.

A couple of hair and body items last; the first being Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush body wash which I think has the perfect fragrance for waking me up in the morning, it smells like mojitos on holiday and it always managed to cheer me up! I think Soap and Glorys body washes are so worth the money as they’re usually on 3for2 and the huge bottles mean they last a while. I always never ever skip out on my all time favourite hair product – Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioner. This is a dream for getting the brush through hair, whilst infusing it with the finest fragrance known to (wo)man. I honestly would wear this scent if they released a fragrance. It’s also handy for helping settle static or flyaway hair, making sure it smells fresh in-between washes and always, always helping to untangle your locks whether your hair is wet or dry. AN ESSENTIAL!

What do you think of my ‘forever repurchased’ products? Shall I make this a regular feature?

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  • Anna Coulter

    Would love to see this as a regular feature! Trust your recommendations so much so anything forever purchased must be top of the tops! x

  • Veronica Romanov

    Saving my pennies for the Silk Creme Foundation thanks to you (and a swatch at my local Sephora). You should definitely make this a regular feature; I find it’s the best way to see what people actually like…maybe split it up into sections such as eyes, face, etc.

  • Amy Chapman

    The Laura Mercier foundation is next to try on my wishlist πŸ™‚

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog β™₯

  • Sugar Crush is the best scent in the world. It really makes me want to eat it! (not a good idea)

  • I loved this post. i really want to try the dove leave in conditioner.

    jess xx

  • Maddy Cane

    I love Sugar Crush too, these all look like really good products that need to have a special place in everyone’s collections! xxx

    Maddy from


  • This is a great list of go-to products. I’ve just started using the Clarins primer and it’s amazing – really resurfaces the skin before make-up. I also love the sugar crush shower gel because it’s just so moisturising and smells lovely too x

  • Regular feature please! x

  • meggnn

    I bought the dove nourishing oil because of your review and I love it! thanks for the tip!

  • Kristin Bennellick

    Lovely blog post, really enjoyed reading through your repurchases especially when you state you always go back to them πŸ™‚
    I haven’t used Origins before but its a brand that I definitely want to dive into especially with their Vitazing πŸ™‚


  • Zo Bloggs

    I always love seeing other people’s repurchases so this was a great post. Thanks Kate.
    I just wish we could get the Dove leave in conditioner in Australia. I really don’t know what is up with that!
    Zo x

    • Paris

      Hey Zo,

      Not trying to be a creeper but I’m pretty sure you can pick that up from Chemist warehouse or maybe even ebay!
      Also some online stores do the more ‘supermarket’ brands so maybe have a google πŸ™‚

  • I actually don’t like the Silk Creme foundation! It tends to oxidize like crazy and kind of slide on my face

    Seaside Beauty <3

  • Sarah Gee

    Ohh that leave-in dove hair thing looks really good πŸ™‚ Will be looking out for that when I’m next in boots haha


  • Hannah

    I just bought the Caudalie Beauty Elixir but noticed that alcohol is one of the first couple ingredients! I’m told that’s a real no-no so I had to take it back. Using a natural toner now.

  • Amy

    I’m in love with the Beauty Elixir, I need to invest in the bigger bottle x

    Amy /

  • jamie @makeuplifelove

    Love this post!!! I am always intrigued at what others repurchase.
    xx- Jamie @ Makeuplifelove

  • the soap and glory sugar crush body wash is a definite repurchase! love that stuff


  • Denise F.

    want the foundation soooo bad…but its sooooo expensive πŸ™

  • thebeautymist

    I need to try that Origins mask:) x

  • Hollie Galvin

    I really want to try the Clarins perfecting touch. I love the feel of velvety primers and its great if it reduces pores ones applied too, I also want to try their new bronzer πŸ™‚

  • Allie Rahbek-Butler

    I saw the full size Caudalie in a Debenhams outlet store reduced from Β£32 to Β£9. I wish I had picked it up now. I love the Dove spray too xx

    Allie from

  • I need to try that Dove conditioner!

    ellie | x

  • Kim

    Love this post, such a great idea πŸ™‚ I’m tempted by Silk Creme because your skin always looks so perfect but I’m not sure I can tear myself away from my beloved BB Cream. I’ve recently tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and I have to say I don’t really ‘get’ it. Yes its lovely and refreshing but I’ve not noticed any benefits and I’ve gotten through the smaller bottle really quickly. The Dove Nourishing Oil products are brilliant, I’ve been loving the shampoos, conditioners and treatments for months now – they always leave my hair so silky and soft x

  • Julianna

    I wish the Silk Creme came in my skin tone! :/

  • I do love Soap & Glory products! They’re lush, but I am tempted to try out that Dove conditioner now that you’ve mentioned it!

  • Lorilee E

    I love Soap and Glory and every time I go to carboots I always manage to pick up some of their products. All the ones I have picked up have never been used.

    love your blog


  • I’ve never used Soap and Glory, but their packaging is so cute! Kind of reminds me of Benefit and The Balm. I love the retro look. Love this feature! Always good to know what beauty bloggers always come back to, as we are always trying new products and finding new “favorites”.

  • Paris

    Completely agree about the zero oil cleanser, smells amazing and does wonders for the skin!
    Can’t say I love vitazing though, tried it in kit the other day and it actually looked rather orangey πŸ™

    Please make this a regular feature!!

  • Louisa

    After seeing you rave about them so much, I really want to try the Origins Zero Oil cleanser and the Caudalie toner!

    Louisa’s Notebook

  • Pippa Jones

    Definitely want to give the origins products a go! Love origins products!!

    Pipp xx

  • katherine.parkes

    need to try the dove spray! love the smell of their mask in the same range x

  • Gem

    Some of these are my favourite products I always stock up on too – totally agree about the Dove leave in conditioner, the smell is sooo good!

    Gem xx

    flutter and sparkle

  • I love the Sugar Crush! I need to try that Dove conditioner xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

  • Alexandra Aallexxy

    Just bought the dove hair oil, it’s currently half price in boots, looking forward to using it

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